Ralph Goings is one of the most talented artists of the photo-realist movement. He received his undergraduate degree in art at the California College of Arts and Crafts. In 1966, he attended Sacramento State University and got a Masters degree in Fine Art. His studies there influenced his interest in a realistic approach to painting.
He traveled around California taking photographs to use for the basis of his paintings. With a subject selected, Ralph Goings would project the photo onto a canvas and pencil in the lines and details. The photograph would eventually be transformed into a painting with extraordinary detail and clarity without any brush strokes giving the painting a realistic effect.
Goings explored other subject matter as well, painting diners, fast-food stops and supermarkets in urban, middle-class America. Later in New York, he focused his subjects on the interiors of diners,and other buildings. He always concentrated on scenes with no emotion giving the work an objective view. He had a one man show at Artists Cooperative Gallery, Sacramento, California (1960), and among many group exhibitions he has shown his work in the O.K. Harris Gallery in New York (1980).
Ralph Goings has exhibited in US, Europe and Japan. His work can be found in museums and private collections in the United States and abroad. He is recognized as one of the original members of the Hyper-Realist or Photo-Realist group of the late 1960′s.